“We are counting on you to have the will to strive for this goal,” said David Hinojosa
WASHINGTON – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) is providing more than 150 colleges, universities and higher education institutions with key information to ensure equal opportunity and access for all students following the Supreme Court’s decision that the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Harvard Colleges’ race-conscious admissions policies violated the Equal Protection Clause and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The letter outlines components of the decision and uplifts critical best practices that counter the fear-mongering tactics of Students For Fair Admissions’ letter to universities issued last week.
“Universities are at the forefront of innovation and creativity and are able to ensure higher education remains a place of opportunity for all students to meet their full potential in school and in life—and to do that within the bounds of the law,” said David Hinojosa, who litigated before the Supreme Court and Director of the Educational Opportunities Project.
The Lawyers’ Committee strongly urges universities to not overreact to implicit and explicit threats of litigation, but to instead consult with their counsel on policies that ensure pathways to college remain open to highly-qualified students from diverse backgrounds.
Read the complete letter here.
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org.